Following a series of record sales from the Mei Yun Tang collections a decade ago (2011 and 2013), Mei Yun Tang will once again offer masterpieces from its collection of paintings by one of the most prolific Chinese artists of the 20th century – Zhang Daqian (an artist alternatively known as Chang Dai-chien). Assembled by the late Mr and Mrs Kao Ling-mei over the course of half a century, the collection is internationally recognized as one of the most comprehensive of all times and one that showcases the unwavering friendship between the artist and the collector across the decades. This December, The Mei Yun Tang Collection of Paintings by Chang Dai-chien – From Heritage to Breakthrough will feature 21 prominent paintings and is expected to fetch a combined estimate in excess of HK$200 million / US$30 million.
Comprising masterpieces from the 1940s to the 1960s, all of which have never been offered at auction before, the collection reflects the different periods of Zhang’s career, spanning his early traditional fine brush paintings, to the bold splashed ink and colour works created of his late oeuvre. The offerings is led by Autumn Mountains in Twilight, which carries the highest estimate ever placed on a splashed-ink landscape by the artist at Sotheby’s. Created in the 1960s, the splendid landscape was inspired by Zhang Daqian’s travels to California where he became utterly captivated by the magnificent cliffs and valleys of the Yosemite National Park. In addition, the collection features a meticulous figure painting from Zhang’s prime period, Musical Performance, which depicts the splendor of a musical performance at the Tang palace.